By looking at the final score, 45-0, you may ask yourself what the Canes even got out of that game. There were plenty of highs and even some lows against the Florida A&M Rattlers.
First of all, the low points, or rust, as some may say.
Miami's defense seemed to struggle early in the game. I am not sure if it was nerves or just lack of concentration, but two, long third down conversations really didn't ease my mind about Miami's defensive backs.
Last year, I believed that the defensive backs were Miami's weakness and it seems as though they may be the weakness again.
There were way too many open receivers on third down throughout the game, it's just a good thing the defensive line came to play.
The only other negative that I saw last night was over pursuing on defense.
Miami missed so many tackles just because they overran the plays.
Maybe it is because they were playing against a slower A&M team and the defense is used to the speed of Miami's offense, either way, they need to slow down, square up, and wrap up.
Now to the good—there was plenty of that.
The passing game was simply dominating.
Jacory Harris went 12-15 for 210 yards and three touchdowns, while only playing in the first half.
Leonard Hankerson lead the receivers with 6 catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns.
There were a total of ten different receivers who caught a ball last night, which as many Hurricane fans know, is their strongest and deepest position.
I was hoping to see a lot more from Chase Ford—he dropped the only ball thrown to him, but his opportunities will come.
It was also nice to see the no huddle offense. The quick strike offense, which was well known in the Dorsey years, was a great thing to see again. Harris led Miami to three touchdowns that took less then two minutes a piece.
If Miami's offensive line can give Harris the time he needs, as they did last night, I do not see anyone stopping Miami's deadly passing attack.
Finally, the defensive linemen were a force.
They totaled eight sacks last night, the most since a nine sack game against Duke in 2007.
The most surprising stat and performance came from Olivier Vernon who simply was amazing.
Vernon ended the night with three and a half sacks for a loss of 36 total yards. His speed and strength is impeccable and he wasn't even the starter; Vernon played in front of injured starter Andrew Smith who did not play.
Granted, the gaudy statistics and lopsided score, Miami still played Florida A&M.
Although it seemed as though it was just an exhibition game, there is plenty of time to prove if these Miami Hurricanes are the real deal.
Beginning next week against the #2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus.
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